The Salt
11:23 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Oregon Senator Pushes Local Pears For School Lunches

Comice pears are super-yummy, but not approved for schookids.
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Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 3:18 pm

Mike Naumes thinks Oregon schoolchildren should be eating more Oregon pears. And not just the D'Anjou, Bartlett and Bosc pears approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's School Lunch Program, but the lesser-known Comice pears of southern Oregon's Rogue Valley.

Anyone who's ever tasted a Comice pear would have a hard time arguing with that. They're fat and green, extraordinarily sweet and juicy — a world apart from your typical supermarket pear.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Robocalls To Cellphones? States Marshal Opposition

"No, I don't want to renew my subscription." What if they could reach you anywhere?
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 11:51 am

A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones if consumers have given companies their numbers doesn't have many sponsors and wouldn't seem to be the kind of legislation that would stand much of a chance of passing when an election year looms.

But it's getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition.

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2012 Elections
9:43 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poll: Latinos unhappy with both major parties

A national poll released Monday shows Latinos are unhappy with both major political parties. The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election.

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Community
9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Creativity at work to spur holiday fundraising

Donors peruse the wares at the 2011 Alternative Giving Market in Moscow, ID.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

With the year-end approaching, your letter carrier likely delivers at least one or two fundraising letters with each day's mail. You're not alone if you toss some of those pitches straight into the recycle bin. It's a tough fundraising environment right now for charities here on the heels of the great recession.

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Business
9:13 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Person-to-person car rental company expands to northwest

The first of a new breed of car rental companies is expanding into the Northwest. Next month, San Francisco-based Getaround officially launches its web-based rental service in the greater Portland area.

The concept is sometimes called peer-to-peer car rental or personal car sharing. The idea is to let you rent your car to someone else when you're not using it. Several companies have sprung up in California to provide the online marketplaces to link up car owners with pre-screened renters.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue December 13, 2011

It's never too late to plan for retirement

Will you make it through the financial maze and reach retirement?
Keith Ramsey flickr.com

The end of the year is a great time to review your finances. Are you saving enough for retirement?

According to U.S. News & World Report, about a third of all Americans have nothing saved for retirement. Fortunately, it's never too late to start building your nest egg.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at ways to prepare for "the golden years".

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health insurance
1:02 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Washington's uninsured: One million people

Losing your job often means losing your health insurance – and that’s reflected in the latest numbers of uninsured people in Washington. It’s approaching one million, or 14.5 percent of the population, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:50 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Update: Arrests as Occupy protesters target Seattle port; Longview longshoremen go home

Seattle Occupy protesters confront police near the Port of Seattle's Terminal 18.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Police say "multiple" people have been arrested after dozens of protesters blocked an entrance to a Port of Seattle facility.

Police cleared a road near the entrance to Terminal 18 after about 100 Occupy Seattle protesters stopped traffic for about 20 minutes Monday afternoon. But a smaller group remained in front of the terminal, effectively keeping traffic from entering or leaving.

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Groove Notes picks
2:41 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

10 best jazz albums of the year

Brad Mehldau made the list. Find out more on Groove Notes.

Groove Notes writer and KPLU jazz host Kevin Kniestedt lists the 10 releases that stood out to him over the past year (with an informal ranking).

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K-12 Education
1:31 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

iPads are key to teaching some students, educators say

Christine Dunbar works with Parkwood Elementary students Jeffrey Coe and Shahiira Harrison on phonemic awareness skills using a tic-tac-toe game on the iPad.
Faye Rasmussen Shoreline School Distict

iPads are probably on a lot of people’s wish lists this holiday season, including teachers. Educators say the tablet devices allow them to reach students with learning difficulties in ways they’ve never been able to before. 

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